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100th Year

Jan. 13, 2010

Calendar highlights:

Southern Tenant Farmers Museum, Tyronza, presents Norwood Creech's "Perspectives from the Delta" opening reception Thursday, Jan. 14,
5 p.m.

Arkansas Heritage SITES meeting on bicycle tourism, Thursday, Jan. 14,
7 p.m., Jonesboro Chamber of Commerce


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Dr. Meeks selected as new associate dean
Dr. Greg Meeks, Teacher Education, has been appointed the new associate dean in the College of Education. He replaces Dr. Don Maness, Teacher Education, who is now Dr. Greg Meeksserving as dean of the college. Dr. Meeks has worked at ASU since 2003. During his tenure at ASU he has served as an associate professor in the Teacher Education department, assistant chair in the Teacher Education department, and as NCATE coordinator. NCATE (National Council of Accreditation of Teacher Education) is the professional accrediting organization for schools, colleges, and departments of education in the United States. Dr. Meeks is a native Arkansan who grew up in Iowa and Louisiana. He received his undergraduate degree in elementary education from Ouachita Baptist University and his masterís degree from Henderson State University in elementary and middle school administration. His doctorate of philosophy degree is from the University of North Texas in curriculum and instruction, with a minor in educational administration. Dr. Meeks served as a middle level teacher and elementary principal in Hot Springs, Ark. in the late 1970s. From 1982 until 1993, he served as a K-8 principal of Morrison Academy, Bethany campus, and from 1993 until 2002 as K-12 superintendent of Morrison Academy. Both schools are in Taiwan.

Lecture-Concert Series presents Humberto Fontova
Cuba expert Humberto Fontova is the featured lecturer in the eighth event in ASU’s Lecture-Concert Series. Fontova’s presentation, “Exposing the Real Che GuHumberto Fontovaevara and the Useful Idiots Who Idolize Him,” is Thursday, Jan 21., at 7 p.m. in ASU’s Student Union Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public. Humberto Fontova was born in Havana, Cuba, in 1954 and fled Cuba in 1961 with his family while his father was a political prisoner of Fidel Castro and Che Guevara. The family fled to New Orleans, and Fontova has lived in the New Orleans area since 1961, earning a B.A. in political science from the University of New Orleans and a masterís degree in Latin American Studies from Tulane University. His books include a pair of extreme sports books based on his scuba diving and hunting adventures and a political expose of Fidel Castro, as well as 2007's "Exposing the Real Che Guevara and the Useful Idiots Who Idolize Him." Publisher’s Weekly says that book is “fascinating, fun and free-spirited… Imagine “Deliverance” as written by Hunter S. Thompson.” For more details, contact Dr. Gil Fowler, associate dean, the Honors College, ext. 2308, or see the NewsPage release.

KASU's Blue Monday presents Eric Hughes, Guy Venable
KASU presents Eric Hughes and Guy Venable at the next Blue Monday-Paragould on Monday, Jan. 18, 7-9 p.m. at the Red Goose Deli, 117 N. PrueEric Hughes, left, and Guy Venable, right, can be observed in their natural Street, in downtown Paragould. Admission to the Blue Monday-Paragould concert featuring Eric Hughes and Guy Venable is free, but seating is limited. Sample music from Eric Hughes's band and view a YouTube video of Guy Venable. Blue Monday concerts are held on the third Monday of each month at the Red Goose Deli in downtown Paragould. For details about Blue Monday-Paragould, contact KASU's Todd Rutledge, development director, at ext. 2807.

2010 Soil and Water Education conference is Jan. 21
ASU’s College of Agriculture and Technology will host the 2010 Arkansas Soil and Water Education Conference, an all-day event that will take place on Thursday, Jan. 21, at the ASU Convocation Center Auditorium. Registration begins at 8 a.m. in Convocation Center Meeting Room A, and is followed by a welcome in the Convocation Center auditorium at 8:15 a.m. The opening session begins at 8:30 a.m. The registration fee for the day-long conference is $20 and includes a luncheon. Certified Crop Advisor Soil and Water Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be awarded at this meeting. Pre-registration ends Friday, Jan. 15, 2010. Register online (, contact Loretta Thornton, ext. 3364, or see the NewsPage release.

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